The NHS and government have set out their Elective Care Recovery Plan to address backlogs built up during the COVID pandemic and tackle long waits for care. The Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care is also intended to give patients greater control over their own health and offer greater choice of where to get care if they are waiting too long for treatment. Jim Burt, Programmes Director for the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: “As we face the ongoing impact of the pandemic, reducing waiting lists for non-urgent procedures will be a huge challenge for the NHS. [...]
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This week Dr. Radha Modgil will find out about the connection between being physically active and improving our mental health and wellbeing. Our first guest is Keri-anne Payne. She is 3 time Olympic Open Water Swimmer & Olympic Silver medallist from Beijing 2008. Keri-anne retired from competitive swimming in 2017 after the Rio Olympic Games and founded 2 companies Triscape & Straight Line Swimming. Both are based around open water swimming and inspiring as many people as possible to take up this amazing sport. Keri-anne's main day job is tutoring an award winning Level 2 open water coaching qualification and [...]
This week Dr. Radha Modgil will discuss the extremely important topic of financial wellbeing. Often a taboo subject, discussing our finances can be awkward for a lot of us. Often, not talking about money can have a devastating impact on our mental health. This week, Dr Radha will talk to three special guests about the connection between financial wellbeing and our mental and physical health. Our first guest, Iona Bain is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, speaker and author, and is the UK’s go-to voice on millennial money. Since founding the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, she’s gone on to [...]
The whole idea of the Accelerating Innovation Programme is to help you do more in social prescribing. So we’ve been talking to some of you who’ve signed up to the Community of Practice and look forward to getting to know more of you as the programme develops this year. So what have we learnt? First and foremost, there’s a great deal of amazing work already happening. What’s lacking are shared measures of success and methods of evaluating interventions. As a result, it can be difficult to get your projects properly recognised by Link Workers and others in the NHS. Many of [...]
The National Academy for Social Prescribing is looking to recruit link workers from across the country to help develop new resources. We want to deliver effective and easy to use portfolio resources for Social Prescribing Link Workers, in order to evidence professional development. We would like to recruit 2-5 Social Prescribing Link Workers in each region of England to either test these resources or provide feedback on their function. We estimate that we will need 6-8 hours of your time over the month of testing period, this would include any meetings, testing of materials and feedback. In return, you will receive [...]
1st January 2022 We are delighted that our Chair of Trustees, Helen Stokes-Lampard, has been awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours list. Helen is a GP Principal, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC, the body representing all Royal Colleges and Faculties), Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Professor of GP Education. She was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until November 2019. James Sanderson, our Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Helen has been awarded a Damehood. This is hugely well [...]
This week Dr. Radha Modgil will discuss loneliness with our guests on this Christmas special episode of Podcast on Prescription. Christmas can be a happy time for some surrounded by family and friends. For others it is not, often exacerbating feelings of loneliness. Our host and guests will discuss the impact that loneliness can have on our mental and physical health and how social prescribing can help alleviate these feelings. Our first guest, Tracey Crouch has been the MP for Chatham and Aylesford since 2010; she became the country's first Minister for Loneliness in 2018. Tracey is a practitioner of mindfulness [...]
This week, Dr. Radha Modgil will be discussing the healing power of heritage with three special guests. Suzannah Lipscomb has endured a varied career. She is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Roehampton and she is a well-known as a broadcast historian too. She has written and presented a plethora of documentaries and series on channel 5, Netflix and the BBC and an award-winning podcast . Furthermore Suzannah is the author of five books, focusing on the sixteenth century. With Dr. Radha, she discusses how heritage can help maintain your mental health. Our second guest, Desi Gradinarova, is the Senior [...]
This week, Dr. Radha will be talking with not one, but two special guests. Dean Asplin from the Angling Trust and Dr Mark Wheeler from iCARP will discuss how angling and social prescribing can improve mental wellbeing. Dean Asplin has worked for the Angling Trust (National Governing Body for Angling) for over 12 years and is responsible for the delivery of the Environment Agency, National Angling Strategic Services contract for the South of England. This involves supporting the delivery of 100’s of ‘Get Fishing’ events that engage approximately 7000 new participants per year. He leads nationally on the ‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ [...]
Podcast on Prescription is back and to kick of season 2, Dr. Radha Modgil is joined by the inspirational Tom Watkins, the National Academy for Social Prescribing East of England Thriving Communities Regional Lead from Communities 1st. Tom is a Social Prescribing evangelist. His love of the creative arts inspires his work to this day and he is a real believer that the power of creative thinking can change lives. He discusses in this episode with Dr. Radha, the power of the human story and how social prescribing can help change people's lives for the better. Together they explore how community [...]